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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sooty Tern Colony 360 Video, Ascension Island

I haven't posted in a while with living on Ascension Island with limited internet. Now I am on leave on Pudding Island (UK) and have internet for a while. While away I capture quite a few clips on my 360 camera. Here is a clip from one of the sooty tern colonies on Ascension Island. Take a look around and try spot the tern who checks out the camera. 



Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bio-florescent Green Turtles

A few weeks ago I discovered green turtles bio-fluoresce under uv light. For those uncertain what bio-florescence is, it is when a light is absorbed and emitted as a different colour. Why turtle do it its not know. Scorpions more famously show the same characteristic. 

I went back this weekend with my camera at uv torch at the ready. This one was heading back to the sea so I tried and got these images. This phenomenon was only discovered in 2015 and then only with hawksbill turtle. These photos confirm green turtles too bio-fluoresce. You can see that the sand does not glow in any way (neither do I when I tried to see if I "glow"). Its not know if its the turtle or algae glowing with hawksbills.  Still so much to learn about nature.




Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ascension Island Green Mountain

So its been a while since I last posted here and with good reason. Very limited, expensive, slow internet. So I am living and working on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory dead centre of the atlantic ocean. Its about halfway between Gabon in Africa and Brazil in south America and just south of the equator. Its a small island with a population of around 800. My role here is the assistant warden for the 7 nature reserves and the national park. Green Mountain national park is an old volcano and unlike the rest of this island is a green and wet rainforest . The rest of the island is like a desert. The mountain was planted with vegetation, an idea by Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker of Kew in the 1800's. It was to increase rainfall to supply water to the military based here. Today it is a national park. Due to the internet restrictions I have only added two pictures from the mountain. I will upload more at some point and when I am on leave in the UK will try get a video up. 

White Horse and Weather Post from Green Mountain


North East Bay Nature reserve from Green Mountain

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cornwall Lane 360 Video!

So my last two posts have been 360 videos made from images. I go hooked and bought an LG360 camera (link). It's great and I gave it a quick test run last night down the local canal. Take a look around Bude in Cornwall and this little country lane by the coast. At the end, a flock of geese flew by. It's going to be great on Ascension. It's a bit graining but that's because it was getting dark. My clips from earlier in the day were crisp. 

Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)


Saturday, 16 July 2016

360 Video of the Congo Rainforest Flooding

In my last post, I showed you a 360 image I had converted into a video of Deadvlei (link). Now I have made one of the Congo. This one is a bit more interesting as it changes. Keep watching (its only 1 minute long) and you will see the forest flood as the rainy season arrives. I have also gone and bought myself this (link). It's a 360 camera by LG. I hope to use it to get some 360 videos over on Ascension which should be cool. Anyway, here is the congo clip.
Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)